February Reads

by - Friday, March 01, 2013

I didn't read nearly as much in February as I did in January (unless you count paper grading!), but the books I did finish this month were more quality reads than several of last month's books.

Might have gone juuuust a bit overboard at the library today

The Replacement Wife by Eileen Goudge
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. It's a bit of a strange story, but the writing was so captivating and intriguing. The main character in the book is a professional matcher maker. She's set up dozens of successful couples that led to happy marriages, so when she finds out her terminal cancer has returned and is spreading, she sets out finding a replacement wife for her husband for after her death. The underlying story is obviously very sad, but it's such a great read.

This was the only book I read on my Kindle this month. The other books I read were in hard copy from the library.

Night Watch by Linda Fairstein
I discovered Linda Fairstein's books when I was in college, and tore through them all in a matter of weeks. They're basically like Law and Order: SVU stories, but in book form instead of TV show. The main character in all her books is Alexandra Cooper, a Manhatten District Attorney in the sex crimes unit. In the most recent story, Alex and her colleagues Mike and Mercer unravel a series of murders surrounding the opening of a new restaurant in the city. The most recent book was good, and I read it pretty quickly, but I didn't think it was quite as great as some of her earlier books.

The Last Man - Vince Flynn
Matt introduced me to the Vince Flynn books a few years ago, and since then I've loved following the missions of CIA operative Mitch Rapp as he fights bad guys across the globe. In this book, Rapp is on a mission to find another CIA operative who has gone missing. Rapp must find him before he spills American secrets. I thought the latest book in the Rapp series was excellent. I love DC suspense/thriller type books and this one didn't disappoint.

Have you read any good books this month? Do you like authors that have continuing characters?

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  1. I'm curious about what you thought of "The Marriage Plot." It seems out of place among the other reads in that stack!

  2. Never actually got around to finishing that one. Borrowed it because I was curious and had heard mixed reviews. But started it and just couldn't get into it. I renewed it once thinking maybe I'd give it another chance, but ehhh it just wasn't holding my interest. (As you might have guessed compared to all the other stuff in that stack of books.)

  3. I love Vince Flynn's novels! Once I get into one, I can't hardly put it down. I haven't read the latest yet, so I'm glad to know it's good! =)

  4. I have a February books update (list and best/worst) for Sunday on my blog. But you can check out the books themselves on the page I made to write down all the books I read in 2013. :) http://nevertrade.blogspot.com/p/2013-books.html